Accommodation in Bulgaria
Student housing in Bulgaria
Accommodation is very affordable - University dormitories cost around 45 EUR (90 BGN) monthly. However, if you prefer to live in private accommodation, it can cost between 200 EUR - 300 EUR (300-600 BGN) monthly. Public transportation services, food and leisure services are also very cheap. Costs may vary from place to place, because larger cities are usually more expensive. It is estimated that in Bulgaria only around one third of the money normally spent in any Western European country for the same goods or services is needed.
A study program in Bulgaria has drawn your attention? If your answer is positive, then finding an accommodation place is an important part of arranging your stay. Below, you will find the answers of the most frequently asked questions. Of course, the team of Inter HECS is always at your convenience should you need any help or should you have any questions or concerns!
1. How can I find the best accommodation?
The first option is that you let us know by email what your needs and expectations in terms of accommodation are. This way we will find the most suitable place for you.
On the other side, you can get in touch with our network of real estate agents. The agents will show you a number of accommodation places for you to choose from. In this case please let us know that you keep in touch with the respective real estate agent so that we have an overview of the stage of your stay in Bulgaria and thus, help you in the next matter of your concern.
Of course, you can contact other agents as well, but we cannot guarantee their deposits and quality of services.
2. What is the best time to search for accommodation?
We advise you to start looking for an accommodation in June or July because finding a place to stay after this period is usually very hard.
3. Where can I live?
A) A student dormitory - In the dormitory two people live together and upon your choice you can decide to live with a friend, another international student of Inter HECS or with a random student from the university. Usually there is one common bedroom with two beds, two desks and one bathroom.
Positive sides: the student dormitories are much cheaper than renting an individual apartment. Price: around 70-100 Euro/ month (including amenities)
Negative sides: the student dormitories are not located close to the universities (around 20-30 minutes walking distance) and usually the places are taken very fast. They do not have a kitchen and you are not allowed to cook inside the room.
B) Private apartment – you can provide your own requirements for the place you want to live in – close to the university, price, etc.
Positive sides: the apartment can be close to the university and/or the city centre, it has a kitchen and you can cook inside.
Negative sides: the price of an apartment is relatively higher than the cost of living in a dormitory. Price: around 200-300 Euro (1 bedroom expenses) /month.
4. Can I live with another student of Inter HECS?
Yes, you can. We advise you to find a roommate even before your arrival to Bulgaria. You can do so by simply contacting us.
5. Any other matters I should be aware of?
When you choose an apartment you have to sign an agreement with the owner/agency. Usually you have to pay rent for 1 or 2 month/s/, 1 or 2 deposit/s/ (usually equals to the 1 or 2 month(s) rent) and commission for the real-estate agent (usually 50-100% from the fee for 1 month rent).
Keep in mind that in order to save an apartment, you should pay the monthly rents even if you do not use the apartment. You have to discuss all the fees of the real-estate agent (including deposits) prior to starting the procedure.
6. Are bills included in the rent?
No, usually they aren't.